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Abernethian Society of St Bartholomew's Hospital

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0405 SA
Held at: St Bartholomew's Hospital
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Full title: Abernethian Society of St Bartholomew's Hospital
Date(s): 1799-1968
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 25 volumes and 69 items
Name of creator(s): St Bartholomew's Hospital Abernethian Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Medical and Philosophical Society was founded in 1795 by John Abernethy, surgeon to St Bartholomew's Hospital from 1815 to 1827. Abernethy and Richard Powell, who was physician to the Hospital between 1801 and 1824, were the main supporters of the Society in its early years. In 1800, it was decided to form a library, and for Abernethy to enlist the support of the Medical Officers. Abernethy died in 1831, and the Society was re-formed as the Abernethian Society in 1832.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Abernethian Society of St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1799-1968, comprising minutes of the Medical and Philosophical Society, 1799-1815; Abernethian Society, 1833-1956; committee meetings, 1883-1907; special committees and sub-committees, 1884-1888; printed rules, 1819, 1885; lists of members elected, with list of visitors introduced, 1835-1951; signatures of members and visitors attending meetings, 1867-1959; printed centenary address, 1895; Transactions of the Abernethian Society, 1849-1851, comprising papers on clinical subjects read before the Society; Reports of Proceedings, 1873-1892, comprising summaries of papers read before the Society; printed introductory addresses, 1861-1889; unpublished papers on clinical subjects, read before the Society, 1849-1853; letters from potential speakers accepting or refusing invitations, 1895-1968.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the archives should first contact the Archivist, St Bartholomew's Hospital, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is not permitted. However, single sheets dated after 1850 may be photocopied at the discretion of the Archivist. Photographs of items are obtainable, subject to copyright regulations, from the Department of Medical Illustration at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Arrangements can be made via the Archivist. Outside photographers and researchers' own cameras are not permitted.

Finding aids:

A catalogue in index card form is available at St Bartholomew's Hospital archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Proceedings of the Society to 1939 were also published in St Bartholomew's Hospital Reports (reference: MS 23), held by St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives. Sets of Transactions of the Abernethian Society and Reports of Proceedings are held by the Medical College Library.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: The Royal Hospital of Saint Bartholomew 1123-1973 edited by Victor Cornelius Medvei and John L Thornton (St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1974). Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
September 2001

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